Algeria's call for resumption of Western Sahara-Morocco negotiations in line with AU resolutions

APS - 06 April 2021

BRUSSELS-Algeria's recent call for the resumption of negotiations between Morocco and the Polisario Front is in line with the implementation of the resolutions of the Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) which had urged direct negotiations to find a political solution to the Sahrawi issue, said Monday Member of the National Secretariat of the Polisario Front Abi Bouchraya El Bachir.

The Sahrawi official said in a statement "El Yaoum TV" channel uploaded on Youtube that "this call comes in the context of the recent decision of the AU PSC."

The latest decision of the PSC urged both sides to "reopen negotiations to reach a settlement taking into account the fourth point of the Constitutive Act of the AU which calls for respect for the borders inherited after independence," he said.

The Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) had expressly stated its full readiness to join this approach and return to negotiations "in accordance with the new situation" in the region following the breaking of the ceasefire agreement on November 13, after military attacks by the Moroccan army on the Sahrawi civilians in the region of El Guerguarat," said Abi Bouchraya.

The Sahrawi official said he regretted the fact that "Morocco is once again turning its back on any settlement process, after rejecting the invitation and the decision of the continental organization."

The Sahrawi leadership's inclination for the resumption of negotiations does not mean a halt to fighting, hence the need for the new negotiations to include a new ceasefire agreement and to start on a good basis taking into consideration the experience of the UN settlement and the suffering of the Sahrawi people for 30 years of waiting.